Suffolk PD steps up efforts to boost school-zone safety

COPIAGUE - Police all across Suffolk County have beefed up patrols and are cracking down on drivers who speed within school zones. In the first two weeks of the school year, police say they have issued more than 2,700 tickets and have made 59 arrests. The traffic violations include speeding, tailgating, passing school buses while loading and unloading students and teens driving with only their junior licenses. "The message for drivers is to slow down, especially around schools," says Suffolk Deputy Chief of Patrol Christopher Bergold. "Don't talk on your cell phone when you're driving, be alert for children that are crossing." Students at Copiague High School are applauding the crackdown. "If we have more police around, and they control traffic and the speed limit, especially around here, less people will get hurt," says senior Edwin Cruz.

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